Squad watch: Super League team news, including TV coverage and kick-off times

Drew Darbyshire

Welcome to Squad watch here on Love Rugby League, your go-to place for the latest Super League team news ahead of every round of action.

Squad watch is a weekly feature at Love Rugby League in 2024, which includes all the 21-man squads as and when they are announced for every round of fixtures.

St Helens v Huddersfield Giants (Thursday, 8pm, Sky Sports Action, Super League+)

Tee Ritson
Tee Ritson is back in St Helens’ 21-man squad

Saints boss Paul Wellens, on the back of their big win against Hull FC, makes one change to his 21-man squad. Playmaker Lewis Dodd – who was named in last week’s 21 but missed out on matchday – now drops out altogether as he deals with an injury.

Winger Tee Ritson – who scored two tries on dual-registration for Swinton Lions in the Championship last weekend – returns to the Red V’s 21 in his place.

Thursday night’s visitors Huddersfield – who beat Leeds at Headingley last Friday night – also make one change as Harvey Livett misses out with a groin strain. Frenchman Hugo Salabio replaces him.

Ian Watson’s side are still without Chris Hill, Sam Hewitt, Jack Murchie and Andre Savelio, all sidelined through injury.

St Helens: Welsby, Makinson, Blake, Percival, Bennison, Lomax, Clark, Lees, Mata’utia, Batchelor, Knowles, Mbye, Bell, Sironen, Whitley, Delaney, Davies, Royle, Hurrell, Ritson, Stephens.

Huddersfield: Connor, Swift, Marsters, Naiqama, Bibby, Lolohea, Clune, Milner, Greenwood, Yates, Golding, English, Rushton, Wilson, Ikahihifo, Wallis, Cudjoe, Russell, Halsall, Salabio, Billington.

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Castleford Tigers v London Broncos (Friday, 8pm, Sky Sports Mix, Super League+)

Tex Hoy
Tex Hoy is set to make his Castleford debut

For the first time in a few weeks, Castleford are able to name a full 21. Josh Hodson and Daniel Hindmarsh-Takyi drop out, but stalwarts Joe Westerman and Paul McShane return.

The Tigers also name a trio of new arrivals for the first time: Tex Hoy, Corey Hall and Sam Eseh, with the last of those joining on a two-week loan from Wigan, the team that beat Cas last Friday night.

London meanwhile – who lost out at home to 12-man Salford last time out – see one change to their 21. Seven-time Italy international Ethan Natoli is named and could make his first appearance of the year.

Gideon Boafo is the player to drop out of the Broncos’ 21. He has featured twice this season.

Castleford: Hooley, Wood, I Senior, Richardson, Miller, Watts, McShane, El-Zakhem, Mellor, Westerman, Horne, Milnes, Hall, Robb, Martin, Kibula, Hill, L Senior, Hoy, Eseh.

London: Walker, Kershaw, Bassett, Miloudi, Macani, Meadows, Butler, Davis, Lovell, Natoli, Parata, Stock, Williams, Adebiyi, Kennedy, Leyland, Storey, Hughes, Jones, Makin, Tison.

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Hull KR v Wigan Warriors (Friday, 8pm, Sky Sports Action, Super League+)

Jack Broadbent Castleford Tigers Alamy
New Hull KR signing Jack Broadbent is named in their 21-man squad

New KR signing Jack Broadbent is brought into the squad immediately by boss Willie Peters, one of three changes to the Robins’ squad from their defeat at Catalans. Sauaso Sue returns having served a one-match suspension, while Reiss Butterworth is also included.

Australian Tom Opacic drops out through a shoulder injury, with youngster Yusuf Aydin – who has joined rivals Hull FC on a short-term loan – following suit. Ben Reynolds is the other to miss out as he serves a suspension picked up while in action for dual-registration partner Featherstone earlier this month.

Visitors Wigan see Ethan Havard available for the first time this season, with the England international having been absent since he was forced off in last October’s Grand Final triumph.

Matt Peet brings the prop back in for the trip to Craven Park, with youngster Jacob Douglas the player to drop out as a result.

Hull KR: Hiku, Evalds, Gildart, Hall, Lewis, Sue, Litten, King, Hadley, Batchelor, Minchella, Parcell, Luckley, Whitbread, Storton, Tanginoa, Butterworth, May, Tennison, Burgess, Broadbent.

Wigan: Field, Miski, Keighran, Wardle, Marshall, French, Smith, Havard, O’Neill, Farrell, Ellis, Cooper, Mago, Thompson, Leeming, Dupree, Hill, Nsemba, Hampshire, Chan, Eckersley.

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Leigh Leopards v Catalans Dragons (Friday, 8pm, Sky Sports Arena, Super League+)

Darnell McIntosh
Darnell McIntosh looks set to make his Leigh Leopards debut after a midweek move from Hull FC

After a busy week on the transfer front after defeat at Warrington, Leigh make three changes to their 21. Boss Adrian Lam is able to name captain John Asiata for the first time since Round 3, with Louis Brogan and new signing Darnell McIntosh also included. Winger McIntosh has joined from Hull FC in a swap deal which saw Tom Briscoe go the other way.

Ed Chamberlain – who has separately made a month-long loan move to Hull – drop out for the Leopards, and so too do both Ben Nakubuwai and Lewis Baxter.

Catalans make the trip over the Channel without both Micky McIlorum and Mike McMeeken, with both suspended. Jordan Dezaria also drops out of Steve McNamara’s 21.

Replacing them, the Dragons turn to youth with Franck Maria and Loan Castano back in the squad, and Yacine Ben Abdeslem making a first appearance in the 21 at senior level.

Leigh: Hardaker, Leutele, Charnley, Moylan, Lam, Amone, Mulhern, O’Donnell, Hughes, Asiata, Norman, Davis, Halton, Trout, Holmes, McNamara, Hanley, Nisbet, Brogan, Dwyer, McIntosh.

Catalans: Mourgue, Davies, Romano, Laguerre, Yaha, Nikorima, Fages, Bousquet, Sims, Seguier, Garcia, Da Costa, Sironen, Navarrete, Rouge, Satae, Ikuvalu, Johnstone, Castano, Maria, Abdeslem.

RELATED: Leigh Leopards receive huge injury boost but key forward a doubt for Catalans Dragons clash

Salford Red Devils v Warrington Wolves (Saturday, 3pm, Sky Sports Arena, Super League+)

Ben Currie Warrington Wolves Alamy
Ben Currie of Warrington Wolves

Salford are boosted by the returns of Sam Stone, Ben Hellewell and David Nofoaluma for Saturday’s visit of Warrington. However, the Red Devils will be without hooker Amir Bourouh due to injury.

Warrington could welcome back influential forward Ben Currie, with the England international having spent the last couple of weeks on the sidelines with a pectoral injury. Meanwhile, Scotland international winger Matty Russell returns to Sam Burgess’ 21-man squad in the absence of Connor Wrench.

Salford: Brierley, Ryan, Macdonald, Lafai, Cross, Cust, Sneyd, Vuniyayawa, Stone, Watkins, Partington, Atkin, Wright, Shorrocks, Ormondroyd, Hellewell, Dixon, Morgan, Mellor, Nofoaluma, Dudson.

Warrington: Ashton, Bullock, Crowther, Currie, Drinkwater, Dufty, Fitzgibbon, Harrison, Hayes, Holroyd, King, Nicholson, Philbin, Powell, Ratchford, Russell, Thewlis, Vaughan, Walker, Williams, Wood.

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Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos (Sunday, 3pm, Sky Sports Action, Super League+)

Hull FC: TBA

Leeds: TBA

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